Acquired: Drafted by the Phillies in
the 9th round of the 2007 Draft.
R T: R / Height:
6' 5" / Weight:
Team/League: Williamsport (New York / Penn League)
in 2007: 13 games / 2 starts
Lewis and Clark State
Repertoire: Chris Kissock is generally a fastball and slider
pitcher who will mix in a curve and change-up here and there to keep hitters
guessing. His fastball is generally just over the 90 mile per hour region and he
gets late movement on his fastball. His curve has a distinct break and when he's
on, he gets good bite and a sharp downward movement on the pitch. His slider and
change-up are modest pitches, with his change-up occasionally showing great
promise for the future.
Pitching Style: This is exactly the kind of pitcher that the Phillies
love to find. Kissock has good size and a powerful build and he loves to pitch.
In college, he threw 169 pitches in one game and didn't appear to have lost much
on any of his pitches even late in the outing. As often happens with pitchers of
his build, Kissock occasionally loses his mechanics and gets himself tied up, so
to speak. The Phillies know how to simplify things for pitchers like Kissock and
are tinkering with his mechanics to put him in a better, more consistent form.
Projection: The Phillies had Kissock start a couple of games at
Williamsport last season and are unsure of just where they'll have him pitch
(starter or reliever) long-term. A lot will depend on how his secondary pitches
develop, because he'll need either his curve or change-up to become a much
stronger pitch for him to succeed as a starter. Otherwise, it's possible that
Kissock could become a late inning reliever, with the potential to become a
What else you should know about Chris Kissock: Majored in Kinesiology
(the study of body anatomy and its movements) at Lewis and Clark State.
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